“First Class” Black-Owned Winery Signs Deal With Delta Airlines

Abbey Creek, Black Coyote, McBride Sisters, Brown Estate—these are a few names bounced around when discussing Black wineries. Yes, there are many more but Brown Estate, the Napa Valley’s first Black-owned estate winery, made news in February because of a big partnership with Delta Air Lines. Family Roots Based in Napa Valley, California and sporting the familiar scarab beetle on most...

Why Is the Wine Industry Ignoring Black Americans’ $1.2 Trillion Buying Power?

Originally published by VinePair. Republished with their permission. When I’ve had a particularly stressful day or I want something to pair with a rather decadent meal I’ve cooked, I reach for a bottle of wine. My preference tends toward drier white wines, but I’ll admit it hasn’t always been this way. My first alcoholic beverages...

“It’s Like Mansplaining, But For Race”: What The Wine Industry Can Learn About Black Consumers

What more does the wine community need to know about African American consumers? This was the question racing through my mind as I sat and spoke with Julia Coney in Washington DC a few weeks ago. Coney, a lifestyle writer and consultant with a focus on wine, is a colleague and also a friend who good-humoredly tolerated my earnest questions...

So A Girl Walks Into A Wine Shop….10 Tips to Feeling Empowered

Listen, no one likes to feel dumb. Even when you know you did or said something dumb, it's not a good feeling to have someone seemingly make it worse. Tasting and buying spoiled grape juice should NOT make anyone feel dumb. Walking into a wine shop can be quite a jarring experience. You either feel like Belle the moment she...